Ex-sommelier now a wine producer

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 July, 2009, 12:00am

After five years of recommending different expensive vintages to go with an equally expensive dinner at Caprice, Cedric Bilien has decided to focus on pushing one specific wine - his own.

The former Four Seasons Hotel sommelier has collaborated with French boutique winemaker Claude Papin of Chateau Pierre Bise to make a new dry white bouquet called Lune d'Anjou. The wine was introduced on Monday night at a tasting and dinner in Cepage. What is especially unique is that only 4,000 bottles of Lune d'Anjou were produced and Bilien is offering it only in Hong Kong.

'After four years at Caprice, I decided to be a bit of an egoist,' he said. 'I wanted to help the wine market here and to help people understand wine better and improve their tastes. I know what Hong Kong people expect of a wine.'

The jump from sommelier to wine producer was made easier because Bilien (above) collaborated with a vintner he has known for more than a decade.

'I was still in wine school and got to go to my first harvest at his estate. From there, it became a great relationship. When he asked me, 'Why don't we make a wine together?' I said, 'Yes'.'

Since there are only 4,000 bottles of Lune d'Anjou, don't expect to see it in a supermarket. You'll have to order it in fine establishments like Cepage and maybe the hotel he used to work at.